Wolver’s Gold by Jacqueline Rhoades – 5 Stars

Wolver's Gold (Wolvers, #5)Cover thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #5 in The Wolvers series

I own a copy of this book on my Nook.

Book Synopsis:

Finding gold where you least expect it…

Lone wolf and Special Investigator for the ubiquitous Eugene Begley, Challenger McCall is sent to the town of Gold Gulch to take care of a problem that might involve the exposure of the wolver community. For McCall, it’s like stepping back in time – a hundred and fifty years back in time.
Gold Gulch is a tourist attraction where the wolvers take their work so seriously, they continue their Victorian lives long after the tourists have gone home. Much like their 19th century counterparts, the women are overworked and underpaid.
Rachel Kincaid is one such woman. Exercising the only power she holds, she has become a wolver oddity; a spinster who refuses to mate. Why would she, when she already has to take care of the short-staffed hotel, its restaurant and her ne’er-do-well father? Angry and bitter, Rachel decides she deserves a better hand than the one she’s been dealt and finds herself drawn to the handsome new sheriff, Challenger McCall. Why shouldn’t she, for once in her life, enjoy the same freedom as the Soiled Doves on the hill?
Things get complicated when Rachel’s wolf awakens after a long sleep and the town’s women seem to awaken along with it. Papa’s gambling debts leave them on the brink; the pack is at risk; and the women rebel. Oh, and don’t forget the murders. If ever a pack needed rescuing, Gold Gulch is it, but as the girls up at Daisy’s Bouquet point out, – A smart woman needs to look after herself!

My Review:

Had to give this book 5 stars, not because I loved every minute of my marathon reading of this in just over 24 hours, but because it evoked such a strong reaction in me.  I got very wrapped up in the story-line and characters, even needing to give myself little time outs when I would get so worked up over what was happening that  I wanted to smack the characters up side the head.   I did enjoy the book, wouldn’t have given it so many stars if I didn’t,  but there were parts of the story that were not an easy read for me.  I think that just comes from my personal history though.

Wolver’s Gold is part of a series, but would work nicely as a stand alone title.  The rules of the world are the same, but the author has taken the series in a totally different direction in this book.  Gave it a fresh and different feel while keeping it true to the world she created.  I believe there is only one character that was in other books in the series, so feel free to pick this one up if you want to give the series a try.  This is one of the few authors that I enjoy though, that I will buy anything she writes, even without reading the synopsis, and know I’m going to get a good read.

I was a little surprised with the direction this book went,  started it without reading its synopsis, the story had a way different feel then the others.  It almost came off with as a historical, but managed to keep one paw in modern times, then there was this western element thrown in too.  Now I must confess, westerns and historicals are two types of books I will usually shy away from.  Just not a fan most of the time.  This one was an exception, though,  the romance and paranormal elements overrode any historical or western elements to the story enough that it was able to keep my interest.  So if you are a fan of any of the aforementioned genres (historical, westerns, paranormal, romance) you might want to give this one a go.

So what got me so riled up about this book.  The men mostly.  The pack in this book is stuck in the 1800’s and runs a tourist town where they can hide their pack and basically suppress women.  The author explains in the beginning how this is what life was like to many women in the wild west, and I appreciated the forewarning and information she provided.  It still got my hackles up and pissed me off how the men were treating the women of the pack as second class citizens with no rights.  I grew up knowing men like this, hence my perhaps overblown reaction to a story….  Feel bad for my husband who had to live with me while reading this book.  I’m glad the author tackled this subject though, cause even thought this was in the context of this is how it used to be, there are too many women out there in the world that this is their reality.

Alright, done with what I found difficult about the story.  There was plenty to love about the story too.  I LOVED Challenger.  He was such fun and played the fish-out-of- water well as he got used to living in this piece of the past town.  I also loved reading how he would get Rachel so worked up.  They were a great match.  The author teased me along for most of the book though.  Kept me wondering if how they were going to end up together or if they would.  There were moments where I wondered if it would all lead to heartbreak for Rachel.   I also loved Rachel.  Enjoyed watching her wake up to the reality she lived in.  Such a transformation.  So proud of the growth and changes she made.  One other character I enjoyed was the school teacher, Washington (last name, the characters were so formal using Mr. & Miss all the time I forget his first name).  I would so love to see him get his own story.  The chemistry between him and Challenger was great, a fun bromance.

The story and plot moved at a good pace, there was plenty of fun situations, some steamy scenes, and on the edge of your seat action.  It was a fun read that made you think, for the female readers a story to make you appreciate the world and society we now live in.  I hope you give it a try and like it as much as I did.

 

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2 thoughts on “Wolver’s Gold by Jacqueline Rhoades – 5 Stars

    • Thank you for sharing your stories with us! I enjoy them so much and it is really interesting to watch you grow and change as an author. I love how your books are not just a formula that some series get stuck into. This series especially, each one is a fresh new adventure as we learn more about the world of these wolvers and their society. I look forward to where you take us next!

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